Bedwas RFC 36 Cross Keys RFC 27
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 16 October 2010.
Match report by John Meredith, photography by Ian Lovell
Bedwas kept their unbeaten 2010-11 season home record in tact with a win over local rivals Cross Keys.
In changes to last weeks team selection Jamie Jones came into the side on the wing, fit again scrum half Gareth Williams returned to the side and Kieran Crawford took over the captains armband. Phillip Sargent also returned the side after having an enforced rest last week with recurrent knee problems.
Bedwas were on the front foot from the off and should have been ahead after 2 minutes but Stuart Thomas’s penalty kick sailed wide. Not deterred Bedwas camped in the visitors 22 with no reward as a further Thomas kick went wide.
Against the run of play Keys’ fly half Gareth David slotted a kick from half way to put his side ahead after Bedwas were adjudged offside.
Bedwas stormed back and Thomas missed a further penalty attempt before Phillip Sargent made a searing 30 metre break before slipping the ball to the supporting Williams who gleefully crossed under the posts, Thomas added the conversion.
It was then David’s turn to miss kicks as two were spurned as his side tried to get back into the game. Cross Keys were dominant in the scrum and from a set scrum centre Nathan Williams broke to set up a try for Robert Nash to put Keys 8-7 ahead, David’s conversion was wide.
Bedwas hit back with a try on 40 minutes from Sam Feehan, Thomas converting from out wide and to add the icing on the cake Greendale added an injury time drop goal to put 17-8 ahead at the break.
Bedwas should have extended their lead after 46 minutes but again Thomas was unsuccessful but finally stretched their lead when Mattravers set up Foils for a try, Thomas added the extras.
The y extended their lead when a rampaging run by Sargent set up Foils for a try under the sticks converted by Thomas. Keys hit back with a try by Popham in the corner which was unconverted and then they added a further try by Gould converted by Andrews to trail 31-20.
Bedwas were not to be denied, a great break by Foils saw Thomas in for a try which was unconverted before Keys had the last say on the final whistle as Gould burrowed over for his second try, converted by Andrews.
Bedwas Man of the match:- Elliot Foils.